Dr Micha Lazarus, Trinity



Biographical Information

I arrived at Trinity College as a Research Fellow in 2015.  I was an undergraduate and doctoral student at St John's College, Oxford, and spent time in between at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the University of California, Berkeley, where I took a Master's.  In the course of my D.Phil. I was awarded the Gordon Duff Prize in book history by the Bodleian Libraries.  Since then I've taught Renaissance literature and served on admissions for several colleges in Oxford and Cambridge before coming to Trinity, and been awarded research fellowships by the Harry Ransom Center (Austin, Texas), Dumbarton Oaks (Washington, D.C.), and the Renaissance Society of America. 


Research Interests

I work on the relationship between poetic theory and literary experiment in Renaissance England: how the form and craft of Renaissance poetry do theoretical work, and how contemporary critical writing draws on poetic resources.  Because much literary thought in the period was classical or continental in origin, much of my work has to do with classical reception and England's literary and intellectual relations with the continent.

My doctoral research established the circulation of Aristotle’s Poetics in sixteenth-century England, several decades before it is usually thought to have become available, and involved me in a wide range of subjects, from Byzantine rhetoric and polyglot lexicography to Renaissance booklists, mid-century Reformation tragedy, and Sidney's Defence of Poesy.  I'm currently reshaping this for publication with Oxford University Press, expanding its literary side through Ascham, Buchanan, Sidney, Harington, Shakespeare, and Milton.  An introduction to my work in this field can be found in 'Aristotelian Criticism in Sixteenth-Century England'.

With Vladimir Brljak, I convene Poetics before Modernity, a series of projects (including a seminar series in 2016-17, and an early-career conference in 2017) bringing together classicists, medievalists, and Renaissance scholars to present new work on Western literary theory from its ancient beginnings to 1700. I'm also Co-Investigator, with Gavin Alexander, on English Renaissance Poetics Online (ERPO), a digital project that maps the influence of classical and Renaissance poetics in English writing from 1500-1700.


Selected Publications

Aristotle's Poetics in Renaissance England, under revision for the Oxford English Monographs series, Oxford University Press

Poetics before Modernity: Literary Theory in the West from Antiquity to 1700, edited volume with Vladimir Brljak, under consideration at Oxford University Press

'Sublimity by fiat: New Light on the English Longinus', in The Places of Early Modern Criticism, ed. Gavin Alexander, Emma Gilby, and Alexander Marr (forthcoming c.2019, Oxford University Press)

'"Anonymous to This Day": Aristotle and the Question of Verse', under review for 'In Other Words’: Translating Philosophy in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries, special issue of Rivista di storia della filosofia, ed. David Lines and Anna L. Puliafito (forthcoming c.2018)

'The Dramatic Prologues of Alexander Nowell: Accommodating the Classics at 1540s Westminster', Review of English Studies (2017, advance access), 1-24  [online here]

'Poetry and Horseplay in Sidney’s Defence of Poesie', The Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 79 (2016), 149-82  [online here]

'Greek in Tudor England', The Etheridge Project (British Library & Hellenic Institute of Royal Holloway, University of London, 2016), 8 pp.  [online here]

'Aristotelian Criticism in Sixteenth-Century England', in Oxford Handbooks Online (Oxford University Press, 2016), 30 pp.  [online here]

'Sidney's Greek Poetics', Studies in Philology 112.3 (2015), 504-36  [online here]

'Greek Literacy in Sixteenth-century England', Renaissance Studies 29.3 (2015), 433-58  [online here]

'Silent Years and Speaking Books: Nicholas Udall in 1533', Notes and Queries 62.1 (2015), 35-39  [online here]

'Did Thomas Linacre bring Aristotle's Poetics to England?', under consideration at Bodleian Library Record


Recent and Upcoming Talks

'Petrarch and the Nightingale.' Imitation and Lyric Poetics: New Comparative Perspectives, panel at RSA 2018 New Orleans, Mar 22-24, 2018

'Reformation Poetics and the Wittenberg Sophocles.' Poetics before Modernity Conference 2017, CRASSH, University of Cambridge, Dec 14-15, 2017

'Tragedy at Wittenberg.' English Faculty Research Seminar, University of Cambridge, Nov 20, 2017

'Anonymous to this day: Aristotle and the Question of Verse.' In Other Words: Translating Philosophy in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries, University of Warwick, May 10-12, 2017

'Terence, Seneca, and the Gods of Westminster.' New Texts in English Criticism, panel at RSA 2017 Chicago, March 30-April 1, 2017

'Safe Reading at 1540s Westminster: New Discoveries from a Bodleian Manuscript.' Fellows' Research Talk, Trinity College, Cambridge, May 18, 2016

'Sublimity by fiat: New Light on the English Longinus.' Readings and Rewritings of Ancient Texts, 1650-1800, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, May 14, 2016

'Nowell's Little Soldiers: Terence, Seneca, and the God Aesculapius in 1540s Westminster.' Early Modern Interdisciplinary Seminar, University of Cambridge, May 4, 2016

'Diphthongs and Wormwood: Aristotle's Poetics from Cheke to Shakespeare.' University of Texas at Austin, April 11, 2016

'Gran tempo abbandonata, & negletta: The Rediscoveries of Aristotle's Poetics.' Lost and Found, panel at RSA 2016 Boston, March 31-April 2, 2016